Speakers
The goodwill that surrounds the Pearcey Foundation is indeed heartening, as evidenced by the enthusiastic involvement from the outstanding line-up of confirmed speakers below:
Gilbert Brunet
Gilbert Brunet
Group Executive and Chief Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology
Dr. Gilbert Brunet obtained his PhD in meteorology at McGill University (1989). He is Chief Scientist and Group Executive at the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, since December 2018. He was Director of MRD (2006-18), including a secondment as Director Weather Science at the Met Office (2012–15), UK. He was previously head (1999–2006) and research scientist (1993–98) at the Numerical Prediction Research Section of MRD.

Major R&D Earth-system prediction programs with successful operational transfers at the Canadian Meteorological Centre (CMC), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC, have been achieved under his research direction since 1999. Many observers of the numerical weather prediction (NWP) international scene consider the Canadian global environmental multiscale (GEM) unified prediction system as one of the best in the world.

He was Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the WWRP, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in 2007–14. In that role, he has contributed to important strategic international planning activities in weather-climate science. He plays a notable service role in the national and international meteorological and community. He is currently chair of the UK Met Office (UKMO) Scientific Advisory Committee (MOSAC) and member of the World Meteorological Organisation Science Advisory Panel. During the last fifteen years, he has also been a member of a number of scientific and management review committees in Canada, UK, France, Republic of Korea, China and the USA, involving NOAA (NWS), DOE, UCAR (NCAR), and the USA Office of Naval Research.

From a scientific research perspective, he has been recognised as an expert in weather and climate dynamics since his postdoctoral work at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (Cambridge University, UK, 1989–91) and Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1991–93). His work covers analytical and empirical studies of wave processes from regional to planetary scale, and numerical weather prediction from minutes to seasons.
Elizabeth Croft
Elizabeth Croft
Professor and Dean Faculty of Engineering, Monash University
Professor Elizabeth Croft joined Monash in January 2018 as Dean of Engineering. Previously, she was with the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she was Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Professor Croft is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of human-robot interaction. As principal investigator for a world-class robotics lab within UBC, she has successfully led large-scale collaborative research projects utilising robots alongside people in manufacturing, and guided multidisciplinary initiatives with General Motors, the DLR (German Aerospace Centre) and other industry partners.

Professor Croft has an exceptional record of advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering. Most recently, as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, she worked with partners in funding agencies, industry, academe, and the education system on comprehensive strategies to improve women’s participation and retention in the STEM disciplines at all level.

Her outstanding contributions to education and research have earned Professor Croft considerable acclaim, including the NSERC Accelerator Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2007-10), the Alan Blizzard Award, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2008, the Women of Distinction Award in Education, Training and Development from the Vancouver YWCA in 2013 and WXN’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada 2014. She is a fellow of the ASME, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Paul Doornbusch
Paul Doornbusch
Associate Dean, Australian College of the Arts
Paul Doornbusch is an Australian composer and musician. He is the author of a book documenting the first computer music, made with the CSIRAC.

Paul spent several years at RMIT University in Melbourne, and later taught at the New Zealand School of Music. He now lives in the Melbourne area.

Paul is known for researching the origins of computer music in Australia and has written a book on the subject.The book was reviewed by James Harley in Computer Music Journal in Fall 2006. Harley's review recognised Paul as having "dedication", "thoroughness", "determination", and being "admirable". It also called The Music of CSIRAC "an important, crucial addition to the body of references documenting our field."

The biography accompanying his Corrosion CD states that "his compositional concerns involve new forms for music appropriate for contemporary culture... He works mostly as an algorithmic composer, but occasionally in recent years he has engaged in peripheral areas such as the Place-Hampi project with Jeffrey Shaw. As an algorithmic composer, Paul has identified and examined in detail the mapping stage of the process where structural data becomes musical parameters." Corrosion was reviewed by Richard Barrett in Computer Music Journal in Fall 2006. His review stated that "There are not so many composers at work, even in the 21st century whose commitment to the technical possibilities afforded by contemporary technology is so closely matched by a compulsion to exploit to the full the expressive potential unleashed thereby.
Katrina Falkner
Katrina Falkner
Professor and Deputy Dean, Students for ECMS, School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
Professor Katrina Falkner is Deputy Dean (Students) for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, and leads the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER), and the Modelling & Analysis Program within the Distributed and Intelligent Technologies Group (DIT) within the School of Computer Science. Professor Falkner has extensive experience in industry consultation, including work with DST Group, NICTA, Google US, Google Australia & New Zealand, the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, and Telstra Foundation, crossing both the areas of Computer Science Education (within CSER) and Distributed Systems and Modelling (within DIT). As part of her work within CSER, Professor Falkner has led the development of the CSER MOOCs - open online courses for Australian teachers to help prepare them for the Digital Technologies Curriculum, and leads the national CSER Digital Technologies Education Program, designed to support Australian teachers in teaching Computer Science, with an emphasis on supporting young women, low-SES and Indigenous populations.
Paul Gray
Paul Gray
Chief Executive Officer, Cohda Wireless
Paul Gray started at Cohda as Chief Engineer, laying the foundations for Cohda's groundbreaking automotive and smart cities projects. He came to Cohda after six years in San Diego, working as CTO and Business Manager with wireless tech startups.

As CEO, Paul has led Cohda Wireless through two rounds of capital raising, attracting NXP Semiconductors and Cisco Systems as strategic investors. Under his leadership, Cohda has grown from 10 people to more than 50, and opened offices in Detroit, Munich and Shanghai.

Paul's tenure at the helm has positioned Cohda as the globally recognised brand for connected autonomous vehicles and smart city infrastructure.
Rose Hiscock
Rose Hiscock
Director, Museums and Collections, University of Melbourne
Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne, an innovative new gallery dedicated to the collision of art and science. Planned to open in 2018, Science Gallery Melbourne is a flagship engagement project of the University of Melbourne and once established, will be part of the Global Science Gallery Network - a network of eight Science Gallery locations developed in partnership with leading universities in urban centres including Dublin, London and Bangalore.

Prior to joining Science Gallery, Rose was Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. With an internationally revered collection of more than 500,000 objects, MAAS comprises the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and the Museums Discovery Centre.

Prior to joining the Powerhouse Museum, Rose was the Executive Director Arts Development for the Australia Council for the Arts where she was responsible for building national and international markets for Australia's arts.

As Manager Marketing and Commercial operations at Museum Victoria she was responsible for brand development, audience and commercial growth across Museum Victoria's five venues - Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX theatre.

Rose is committed to building a vibrant, balanced and accessible arts sector. Noting the gender gap in Directorships, she played an instrumental role in developing a mentoring program to nurture future female museum Directors. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s highly successful company with a full-time ensemble of actors considered to have an intellectual disability, and Chunky Move, one of Australia's premier dance companies.
Kate Lundy
Kate Lundy
Director, NRMA and Cyber Security Research Centre
Kate Lundy continues to be passionate about technology and innovation and shaping its positive impact on society, culture and economy. In 2017, the Australian National University awarded her a Doctor of Letters (honorary doctorate) for her "exceptional contributions to advocacy and policy for information communications and technology, for the ACT and nationally."

Kate served as a Senator representing the Australian Capital Territory in the Australian Federal Parliament for nearly 20 years. She held various ministerial positions including the Minister for Sport, Multicultural Affairs and Assisting on Industry and Innovation and the Digital Economy.

In 2017, Kate was inducted into the "Pearcey Hall of Fame" for "distinguished achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the Information and Communication Technology Industry".

She holds a number of directorships including the Cyber Security Research Centre, the National Roads and Motoring Association (NRMA), the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Electro Optic Systems, the National Youth Science Forum and her own consulting company, Technology Innovation Partners Pty Ltd.

Kate is also currently appointed as an ACT Defence Industry Ambassador and member of the ACT Defence Industry Advisory Board, which has a regional focus on Space, Cyber, systems integration, digital simulation environment and STEM skills development and pathways.
Ian Oppermann
Ian Oppermann
NSW Chief Data Scientist
Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist and CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Centre. Ian has 27 years' experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on "Big Data", broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and Vice President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.
Maurice Pagnucco
Maurice Pagnucco
Head of School, Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales
Maurice Pagnucco is an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

His research is in artificial intelligence on the areas of knowledge representation and reasoning, belief change, cognitive robotics and reasoning about action and change.

Maurice is programme director of the Decision Making theme in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and a co-director of the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research.

His collaboration with iCinema researchers and other researchers in the School of Computer Science and Engineering will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2011.

This work represents a world-first interactive cinema piece which includes an artificial intelligence planning system to control virtual characters as they interact with audience members.

Maurice gained his bachelors degree and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sydney.
Grant Petty
Grant Petty
CEO and Founder, Blackmagic Design
Grant Petty, founder and CEO of Blackmagic Design, has become one of the world's leading innovators of creative video tech. His goal was – and still is today - to empower creativity by making film, television and AV production equipment affordable for everyone. And because of Grant Petty, a huge amount of the new films, TV shows, commercials, music videos and live concerts you watch was created with Blackmagic Design product.

Blackmagic Design, with more than 1,000 employees in seven countries, has millions of customers around the world. This includes Oscar winning cinematographers to 15 year old students; and projects from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to Game of Thrones, NCIS, Elton John's end tour and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Grant is focused on design and problem solving, and has assembled world leading software, hardware, R&D, industrial design, interface design, manufacturing and marketing, and focused them all on design and creativity.
Liz Sonenberg
Liz Sonenberg
Professor and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne
As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure & Systems), Professor Liz Sonenberg works with other senior members of the University community to increase the coherence of a University-wide approach to research infrastructure investment and operation, and to guide the maturing of the array of business systems that support the research enterprise. She also has responsibilities for the University’s ERA and EI research assessment submissions. In her role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital & Data) Professor Sonenberg leads a small team that is responsible for the setting of the University’s strategic digital and data agenda, governance and policies as they relate to Research, Teaching and Learning, Engagement and Corporate activities.

Professor Sonenberg is also Professor of Information Systems in the Melbourne School of Engineering, and has previously held positions as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of the Department of Information Systems in the Faculty of Science. Her research expertise is in computational science. The integrating theme of her research is the conceptualisation and construction of adaptive, distributed, intelligent information systems. Professor Sonenberg has considerable experience in facilitating and engaging in collaborative research, including links with various industry partners and research engagements with colleagues in Psychology, Computer Science, Education and Medicine, and with colleagues internationally.
Jon Whittle
Jon Whittle
Professor and Dean of the Faculty of IT, Monash University
Jon Whittle is Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University and Interim Co-Director of the Monash Data Futures Institute. Previously, he was Head of the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, UK, and before that, he was a Senior Researcher and Technical Area Lead at NASA Ames Research Centre.

Jon is a world-renowned expert in software engineering and human-computer interaction (HCI), with a particular interest in IT for social good. His research concerns how to embed human values (inclusion, transparency, diversity, social responsibility etc.) into the way that software is designed and built. He takes a highly interdisciplinary approach, having led many large multidisciplinary projects on the use of technology in society.

Jon has won many awards for his leadership in research, including a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, a nomination for a Times Higher award on Community Impact, a nomination by CEO Magazine for Education Executive of the Year, and many best paper awards.